Managing yourself as a sucessful student winter 2014


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  • Add a more variety of students graphics here and college logo
  • Describe the “Izes”
  • Ask Students - How do your organize your time? Do you think about the entire term? Weekly? Daily tasks?
    Touch on How each person learns differently and how there are ways that they can improve and to think about what works and does not work.
    (Interactive )
  • Ask Students - How do your organize your time? Do you think about the entire term? Weekly? Daily tasks?
    Touch on How each person learns differently and how there are ways that they can improve and to think about what works and does not work.
    (Interactive )
  • Think of these as ways that you can fine tune what you are already doing.
    Mention that having 1 binder will help you to also focus and to find everything that you need for the course.
    Helps keep your mind organized and focused as well.
  • Think of these as ways that you can fine tune what you are already doing.
    Mention that having 1 binder will help you to also focus and to find everything that you need for the course.
    Helps keep your mind organized and focused as well.
  • Try to make studying a habit so that it is something that you do not have to think about. Just like your morning routine. Keep a distractions list so that you know what is distracting you and you can figure out a way to eliminate the distractions. Make sure to give your self breaks but try to very the breaks to that they are not for the same amount to time each time
  • The wonderful thing about organizing with Tech is that you can have a folder for the Term then in that the class then even for the assignment. Make sure that you remember to back up your information in more than one place like your computer but also have a flash drive. Remember that Organization and Time management are personal and you have to do what is going to work best for you. Make sure that you have your e-mail clearly marked as well so that it saves you time later on when you have to find an e-mail.
  • Try to think about how you plan.
    Goals (long-term and/or short-term)
    Tasks (complex, simple and/or time bound)
    Planning (proactive and/or reactive)
    Other or not at all
  • 1st is obvious the last one is just as obvious but the second and third tend to get easily mixed up this is why I am really focusing on the order in which you prioritizing your time. Remember you can use the time wasters as rewards for your self when you have prioritized your time well.
  • Try to recognize your pitfall and then minimize them. Think about how you tend to procrastinate.
  • Sometimes it is hard to see that we are procrastinating because the ways that we are procrastinating are necessary tasks that need to be done. For example, using cleaning the toilet and doing dishes and laundry. So try to think about the last time that task was done before you do it again. Try not to give your self writers block by lettign negative feelings like fear and dread take control.
  • Show the video first.
    Read the slide, Note to make sure to break big projects into smaller pieces and you can always give yourself a reward after you have completed the small tasks and then a larger reward when you have completeed the entire task. Make sure to write down all of the things that you have to do so that you do not for get something and you can then see all the things that you have accomplished.
  • By synthesizing your actives like home life and school or school and work together it will help you to use your time the most effectively and also helps to stop you from feeling to stretched with your time and others from feeling ignored.
  • Do you already know how you learn?
    If not we are going to tell you ways to find out how you learn and ways to fine tune your study stratagies.
  • Talk about how you leran and remember that you don’t always have the opportunity to learn the way that you are the most comfortable in every environment. You have to be able to adapt your learning to the enviroenment that you are in or to the instructor/course that you are working with.
  • Read the question aloud and ask the students to give a guess as to the answer. Ask them to not just think about the answer but the process that they use to come up with the answer.
  • Make sure that you give them multiple examples of how someone can come to the answer. Make sure that yo give the yeahs to the students who figured it out and see if they were aware of there learning style before and if not did it help to give some incite as to the way they learn now.
  • This is a more concrete way to figure out how you learn best. It takes about 5-10 mins to fill out, make sure that you read the directions before hand so that you get the most accurate results. You can click as many options as you feel best describe you.
  • Read and talk about the slide.
  • Read and talk about the slide, Best to read things out loud, can use Dragon Naturally speaking to help to type papers and use a tape recorder as much as possible to record notes and classes to listen to later.
  • Read and talk about the slide and give some examples like walk while reading, go to a museum or homeless shelter to learn more with hands on experiences. Try to move as much as possible to connect body movements with what you are trying to learn.
  • Read slide and give examples, like most words as possible turn charts into words
  • Live is multi modal so we have and will have to learn to adapt the best we can by converting information in a way that allows us to learn to the best of our abilities. However there are people that are truly multi modal, may take longer but have a better understanding of the info.
  • Be ready to change something if it is not working for you. Give a new habit a try for atleast 2 weeks but if it is not working for you then feel free to change it. make sure to review your “izes” perodicely to make sure that everything is working out they way that is best for you. TM and Organization are personal and you need to do what works best for you.
  • Managing yourself as a sucessful student winter 2014

    1. 1. Managing Yourself as a Successful Student
    2. 2. Agenda • Self-management techniques • Learning styles strategies
    3. 3. Self-Management Use the ‘Izes’ Organize Prioritize Recognize Minimize Synthesize Maximize Re-Organize Developed by Northeast Center student and peer coach, Tom Daley, ‘13
    4. 4. ORGANIZE Think about how you organize yourself as a student… What do you do? What tools do you use?
    5. 5. ORGANIZE Things to consider: What do you do? What could you do better? • Your calendar (Term, Week and Day) • Your workload (Work, Personal and School) • Your individual course responsibilities (Reading, Writing and Assignments) • All of your courses together
    6. 6. Organization Tips - Time Choose the right tool(s) – term-at-glance, datebook, electronic, other Be consistent with your time management tool and how you manage your time – make time management a habit not an after-thought - regularly schedule time for each of your classes (reading, studying & assignments) - regularly schedule time for yourself Give yourself a “time buffer” Regularly review your plan
    7. 7. Organization Tips - Physical Keep an organized workspace – everything has a place Physically organize your assignments, course materials and papers/ assignments: Have a binder or notebook for each class Include notes from your reading and/or class meetings Have a section in the binder/ folder in the notebook for all of your work from your instructor
    8. 8. Create a Positive Learning Environment • Relatively free of interruptions (phone, email, TV, friends) • Free of distractions (noise, people watching, windows) • Study in the same place & time (routine) • Not too comfortable (easily fall asleep) • Choose a time when you are mentally alert • Take breaks • Approach assignment with a positive attitude • Keep a distractions list
    9. 9. Organize - Electronic Electronically organize your assignments, course materials and papers/assignments: On your computer Make folders on your computer/flash drive for specific classes/instructors to more easily access your coursework. When saving your files, be sure to clearly label and date your papers/assignments. (ex. Journal1_NickNortheast_Jan14) Be sure you know what format(s) your instructors prefer so your assignments are compatible - Mac vs. PC – Word, PDF, RTF – find out what your instructor prefers. In your email Make folders in your e-mail for specific classes/instructors to more easily track assignments, correspondence, etc. Move emails into the folders once you have replied to messages, that keeps everything organized and in one place.
    10. 10. PRIORITIZE Think about how you prioritize your work as a student… What do you do? What strategies do you use?
    11. 11. PRIORITIZE Things to consider: • • • • Your goals (long-term and short-term) Your tasks (complex, simple and time bound) Your responsibilities (work, personal, school) Adopting an effective style of planning (more proactive than reactive)
    12. 12. PRIORITIZE Be honest here! URGENT (Due Soon) IMPORTANT NOT IMPORTANT NOT URGENT (Due in the Future) Important & Urgent (crises, deadlinedriven projects, crying child ) This is what should be finished 1st Important & Not Urgent (reflection, anticipate & prevent problems, long range planning, stress relieving activities ) Urgent & Not Important (interruptions, some email, other people’s priorities and expectations ) This is what should be finished 3rd This is what should be finished 2nd Not Urgent & Not Important (constantly checking email, over use of mindless TV, excess web surfing) This is what should be done 4th Adapted from Steven Covey’s First Things First
    13. 13. RECOGNIZE/MINIMIZE Recognize - Pitfalls Minimize – Reduce impact Indulging immediate wants versus focusing on long term needs Minimize any negative impact – balance wants and needs Example - I want to go out and buy new shoes. I need to finish my research for this paper. Example - I will spend two hours on my research and then go to the shoe store. Overstressing on the wrong thing -- being a perfectionist/overachiever Understand your tendencies to overdo/overstress. Example – My paper is about the Greek and Roman gods and their impact on daily life in Greece and Rome. I need to learn all of the Greek and Roman gods before I can even start the paper. Example – I need to stay focused on the assignment and look at the impact on daily life and then determine which gods/goddesses contributed to that impact. Identify when you might be procrastinating Redirect your focus and get back to the task at hand Example – I will start my homework after I clean the kitchen and the bathroom. I need to have my house in order before I can do schoolwork. Example – I need to schedule time for both homework and housework and stick to that plan. I might need to leave the house to do homework if I can’t focus on it and want to procrastinate by cleaning the house.
    14. 14. What is Procrastination? • Filling time with unimportant tasks • Being easily distracted after beginning an important task • Letting fear, dread, or discomfort take control
    15. 15. Dealing with Procrastination •Understand why it happens • task is unpleasant • lack of organization • perfectionism (afraid you don’t have the skills to do a good job) • feeling overwhelmed • Adopt anti-procrastination strategies • eat the frog first (click the link for video) • create your own reward system • create a prioritized to do list
    16. 16. SYNTHESIZE Think about the ways to connect all parts of your life • Exercise and time with kids or significant other helps you reduce stress and stay fit • Do homework on your lunch break or come into the office early to do some of your schoolwork before work. • Extended “Coffee-Break” or “Dr. Office” Time - always have work with you to read/study while you wait on line or sit in the waiting room. • Involve your family in your school work, make it dinner discussion make the kids your study buddies.
    17. 17. MAXIMIZE Do you wonder how you can maximize how you learn and study? • Learning Style (auditory, visual, kinesthetic and/or read/write)? • Study Strategies (note-taking, reading, writing, learning environment)
    18. 18. How do you best learn? • Most people have developed a preference for how they learn. • One style is not better than another, and all of another approaches to learning can be improved. • Effective learners know how their minds work and are able to adapt their studying strategies to any learning situation. • Understanding how you learn best can help you to maximize your studying strategies to match your strengths. • Making connections between what you are learning and your life experiences can help you better understand and retain information.
    19. 19. ACTIVITY Here’s a riddle we would like to share with you. “The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Monday.” PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION – What day is it today? Don’t just think about the answer; pay attention to how you try to get the answer. SOURCE: Visual Brainstorms
    20. 20. A few ways to get the answer… “The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Monday.” Separate phrases in the sentence into the parts you know: Draw a calendar The day before two days after = 1 day after The day before tomorrow = today Tomorrow is Monday If tomorrow is Monday then surely today is Sunday SUN Day before tomorrow is today Answer : Today is Sunday Talk it out MON TUES WED THURS Is 2 tomorrow days & after Day before today 2 days after the day before tomorrow Use Your body FRI SAT
    21. 21. Identifying Your Learning Preference VARK Learning Styles Self-Assessment Questionnaire TAKE ASSESSMENT What were your results? Your VARK preferences can be used to help you develop additional, effective strategies for learning related to how you: take in information; study information for effective learning; and study for performing well on an examination. Visual Study Strategies (V) Aural/Auditory Study Strategies (A) Read/write Study Strategies (R) Kinesthetic Study Strategies (K) Multimodal Study Strategies (MM)
    22. 22. Characteristics of Visual Learners Visual learners tend to: VISUAL • Have a keen sense of aesthetics, visual media and art. • Easily remember information presented in pictures or diagrams. • Have strong visualization skills. They can look up and “see” the information invisibly written or drawn. • Make “movies in their minds” of information they are reading. Their movies are often vivid and detailed. • Have very strong visual-spatial understanding of things such as sizes, textures, angles and three-dimensional depths. • Pay close attention to the body language of others (facial expressions, eyes, stance, etc.). You learn best when information is presented visually and in a picture or design format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use visual aids such as film, video, maps and charts. You benefit from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks. When trying to remember something, you can often visualize a picture of it in your mind. You may have an artistic side that enjoys activities having to do with visual art and design.
    23. 23. Characteristics of Aural/Auditory Learners Aural/Auditory learners tend to: • Remember quite accurately details of important information heard during conversations or lectures. • Have strong language skills, which include a well-developed vocabulary and an appreciation for words. • Have strong oral communication skills. They can carry or interesting conversations and can articulate their ideas clearly. • Have a “fine tuned ear” auditory may lead to learning a foreign language more easily. • Often have musical talents, can hear tones, rhythms, and individual notes. When trying to remember something, you can often "hear" the way someone told you the information, or the way you previously repeated it out loud. You learn best when interacting with others in a listening/ speaking exchange. AURAL/ AUDITORY
    24. 24. Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners Kinesthetic learners tend to: KINESTHETIC • Work well with their hands and may be good at repairing work, sculpting, art or working with various tools. • Often have well coordinated and have a strong sense of timing and body movement. • Learn with movement = often do well as performers: athletes, actors, or dancers. • Often wiggle, tap feet or move their legs when seated. • Have been often labeled “hyperactive” as children. You learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity. In the classroom, you benefit from a lab setting where you can manipulate materials to learn new information. You learn best when you can be physically active in the learning environment. You benefit from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands on" student learning experiences, and field work outside t he classroom.
    25. 25. Characteristics of Read/Write Learners Read/Write learners tend to: • Like lists and words to keep ideas and “To Do” items straight. • Remember information displayed as words. • Emphasize text-based input and output - reading and writing in all its forms. • Prefer PowerPoint, the Internet, lists, filofaxes, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and words, words, words... READ/ WRITE You learn best when information is presented visually and in a written language format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use the blackboard (or PowerPoint, overhead projector, etc.) to list the essential points of a lecture, or who provide you with an outline to follow along with during lecture. You benefit from information obtained from textbooks and class notes. You often see the text "in your mind's eye" when you are trying to remember something.
    26. 26. VISUAL AURAL/ AUDITORY MULTIMODAL READ/ WRITE KINESTHETIC Life is multimodal. There are seldom instances where one mode is used, or is sufficient. Those who prefer many modes almost equally are of two types. There are those who are context specific who choose a single mode to suit the occasion or situation. There are others who are not satisfied until they have had input (or output) in all of their preferred modes. They take longer to gather information from each mode and, as a result, they often have a deeper and broader understanding.
    27. 27. RE-ORGANIZE Periodically review the “izes” and your progress and make adjustments when necessary 27